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AUM's Therapeutic Outreach Programs meet people where they are in times of need, offering them a safe space to explore and process trauma and adverse life experiences through the Creative Arts.


Our Outreach Programs utilize a variety of Arts Therapies including:

  • Visual Arts 

  • Dance/Movement

  • Drama

  • Drumming

  • Play and Sand Tray

All Outreach Programs are led by board-certified, licensed Expressive Arts Therapists, and are offered in both a crisis intervention context as well as on-going mental health support services. We are grateful to our partnerships with groups such as San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services and San Mateo County Sheriff's Activity League which allow us to offer these impactful programs on an recurring weekly basis to incarcerated, at-risk and underserved youth in our community.

High school students using art as therapy
Painting of modern contemporary and ballet dancers around the worldinspired by NewGround Theatre Dance
Students doing art therapy
Students doing art therapy

The Case for Arts + Healing

Creative expression and art is viewed as an important part of the healing journey in many cultures.

Recent studies reveal art-based therapies have the power to:

Restore Emotional Balance
Happy Meditator
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Improved Psychological State
Improve Physical Health
Expand Consciousness

The more we understand the relationship between creative expression and healing,
the more we will discover the healing power of the arts.

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